Now this is a great picture!
Last year, I photographed men photographing flowers. This year, there were a bunch of kids on a field trip so I took photos celebrating the Garden workers.
Thank you, guys, for making it beautiful.
Our hands-on staff work incredibly hard getting dirty so our visitors can have the best of the clean and pretty. (A challenging task if you’ve ever worked in a garden.) I can’t say they’d hold it against you if you happened to toss them a quiet “thanks” the next time you visit. I certainly need to do it more myself. —MN
Tree tunnels are perfect examples of how nature can be shaped over many years by humans and other external influences. When paths and roads are carved into the ground, nearby trees bend outward into the new patch of light to receive more energy for photosynthesis. This process continues until the tree branches on either side completely overlap, forming a thick ceiling over the pathway beneath.
Take a stroll beneath these 9 natural tree tunnels
This week, the Trust for Public Land donated nearly 6,000 acres of stunning coastal landscape in Santa Cruz County, California, that will now be managed by the BLM for public recreation and preservation of natural resources. Known as Coast Dairies land, the donation completes a long-term effort by partners and local communities to provide a natural landscape that can be experienced and enjoyed as public lands.
BLM lands will connect the Coast Dairies shoreline beach, recently donated to California State Parks, to the Santa Cruz Mountains east of Highway 1. The landscape includes stunning coastal terraces, rolling pastoral grasslands, oak woodlands and redwood forest. Come #DiscoverTheCoast.
Photos by Jim Pickering, BLM